Players who skip the Olympics. Is Mardy Fish a moron????

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  1. socal29

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    What is up with players like Mardy Fish and Andy Roddick not playing (or threatening not to play) the Olympics so they can focus on the U.S. hard court season? Don't these MORONS see the value of an Olympic medal??? An Olympic Gold is right up there with a Wimbledon title and certainly way above winning the Citi Open. Too many of our American tennis players simply have no respect for prestigious international competitions like the Olympics or Davis Cup. All they care about is money. And you know what? Sampras was the biggest putz of all...maybe if he hadn't set such a bad example, more of our players would be serious about playing for their country.
     
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  2. DRII

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    Largely true...

    I'm sure Sampras regrets his decision.
     
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    I don't agree with that, but I agree with everything else you said. The Olympics are larger than any non-Major event in the tennis calendar, because they only happen once every four years. Skipping them just seems dumb.
     
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  4. Wilander Fan

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    I actually agree. The olympics is a glorified exo and nothing more.
     
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    With Nadal injured, Djokovic, Murray, and Federer tired. Fish has the best chance of winning Toronto, which is worth more points...
     
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  6. norbac

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    Can't hate on Mardy since he already won a medal for his country.
     
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  7. sureshs

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    Show me the money
     
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  8. SStrikerR

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    Mardy had a health scare during the selection process and didn't think he could enter. He didn't skip. The moron is the person who makes ignorant assumptions.
     
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    Does the OP know that Roddick actually played the Olympics?
     
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  11. tennisaddict

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    Check out the video on the atpworldtour.com

    Fish was asked a pointed question and he replied that he said the American tournaments were his favorite.
     
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    I'm sure most American players feel that way. He's better now, but during the selection process he had a health scare and didn't want to risk making anything worse.
     
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    It's hard for me to wrap my head around anyone in any sport skipping the olympics. I understand the wanting to give people another chance (we all see how that turned out lol), and the fact that he already had a medal, but still...
     
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    They are professional players, you know, not amateurs.
     
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    For the third time in this thread: during the selection process he was having a health scare, and didn't think he would be healthy enough to play...
     
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  16. hansolo

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    Fish is an idiot regardless of what he decides to do or not.
     
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  17. tennisaddict

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    So why doesnt he say so now ?

    He was asked why he chose not to go to olympics. He could have said he was uncertain given his condition. Infact, he had talked about the condition at length prior to that question, but never gave that as a reason.

    he said he is fine now. he also mentioned he chose DC over Olympics because he 'loves' the american tournaments.

    Also he committed to DC long long ago.. So please do not try to cover up. There is nothing wrong in choosing DC, in fact he is not even giving excuses. I am not sure why you have to...
     
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    He's said it before, why say it again? His focus is doing well this summer and improving on his ranking. Why focus and dwell on what could have been? It's too late now, he made his decision already. Why do you even care?
     
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    It's hard to do well at both Olympics and Toronto, given how close together they are timewise, but long travel time between the two, and surface difference.

    So given the choice between Olymics and Toronto, assuming you are intending to do well at the event you selected:

    Olympics - 750 points, must battle for it against other top players
    Toronto - 1000 points, with probably a weaker field than Olympics

    So it makes business sense to skip Olympics and focus on Toronto. And for pro players tennis is business.
     
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  20. Pironkova's Forehand

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    Realistically, 3 men had a chance of winning medals at the Olympics. Fair play to Del Potro for trying to break the normality but he won't beat Djokovic for a medal.

    Fish is terrible, THE worst American number 1 I've ever known. Iner isn't much better. There must be a new cycle of American tennis players due to come through soon.
     
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    I thought Mardy was Jewish:(
     
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    Isner is no good. That is why he defeated Federer in Davis Cup in which he should not have been selected considering the formidable talent on this forum.
     
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  23. Biscuitmcgriddleson

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    The Olympics will now be held in high regard due to Federer getting a singles medal finally. I think the tournament was really hyped up after the amazing tennis of 2008 and Rafa winning it. Now that one of the best of all time openly talks of his aspirations to get that medal, people place more weight on it. If the 2016 and 2020 Olympics are like the 2012 or 2008, then it will be firmly established as a top tournament. Who knows, maybe 2008 and 2012 will be for the Olympics what the Open Era was for the Tour.
     
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  24. Biscuitmcgriddleson

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    Mardy also has a really bad experience with the Olympics. He lost the 2004 Gold due to an untimely bathroom break. If I already had a silver and wasn't rolling in cash, I'd probably have a similar opinion. I'd rather get paid.

    No this isn't Davydenko :)
     
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